Year: 1997 Produced By: No I.D. Album: Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album) Label: Relativity
Wait, No I.D. was once a rapper? And had an album out? Well, if you just began listening to hip-hop in the 21st century, you might have missed the rapping debut of Kanye West's mentor. In 1997, Relativity Records was doing a dual push for their two Chicago blue chips, Common and No I.D. If you remember correctly, Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album) and One Day It'll All Make Sense (a.k.a. two of the longest album titles of all time—of all time!) dropped within weeks of each other. With producer/MC Dug Infinite playing Ghostface to No I.D.'s Raekwon, these two went on to record almost every track together, with "The Real Weight" being one of the album's obvious standouts.